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Upcoming Meeting for Troops - March 19
The Blue Angels Airshow will once again be held September 7 & 8 at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. Once again, we will hold a Council-wide camporee in conjunction with this event. There will also be an opportunity for Troops to be involved in the fundraising aspect of the Airshow and Camporee as well. A meeting for Troop leaders will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 7pm, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer (1222 Main Street). A letter from the Camporee/Service co-chairs Ken Olson and Glenn Swanson with more information can be found here: Airshow Letter
AIRSHOW PATCH CONTEST
Our council is hosting the Chippewa Valley Airshow in Eau Claire this September 7th, and 8th and we need a new Council Shoulder Patch design specifically for this event! This patch is to be designed by the Scouts of our Council. The Council Activities Committee will choose the top 5 designs for recognition and the Scout with the winning design will be presented with a one of a kind award during our Saturday night campfire! Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are welcome to submit designs. Find the form to submit your design here: Airshow Patch Contest
EMMAN'S SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
The Emman's Scholarship applications have been sent out to Scouts in their senior year of high school. If you did not receive an application, please call Deb at 715-832-6671. The deadline for these applications is May 1st.
As part of a national Boy Scouts of America program, the Chippewa Valley Council is participating in the Voice of the Scout. This program is used to collect experiences of members as they participate in Scouting. Beginning in March, parents, Scouts & Venturers over 14, volunteers, and chartered organizations will see surveys delivered into their email inboxes for Voice of the Scout. The email will come directly from the Boy Scouts of America. Surveys will stay open for three weeks, then information will be used to help us make key decisions to drive Scouting forward, as guided by the people that matter most--our members. Voice of the Scout is how we will help guide our decision-making for our future programs. Please take a few minutes of your time to participate!
2012 DISTRICT AWARD OF MERIT RECIPIENTS
We are very proud to announce our 2012 District Award of Merit Recipients. These individuals have shown exemplary dedication and volunteerism both at a District level and in the Council. They have gone above and beyond their normal Scouting Responsibilities. Our 2012 recipients are:
Blue Hills - Mendy Soelle & Todd Fullerton
Clear Water - Sue Fanning, Les Cater, Paul Almquist
Glaciers End - To Be Announced
Tall Oaks - Deb Nelson & Kevin Parsons
1ST ANNUAL GOOD NEWS CONTEST
The Chippewa Valley Council is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Good News Contest for 2013. Let’s show the communities that Scouting is alive and well! We are looking for pictures and stories about Scouting that appear in your local newspapers. For information on this contest, please go to the following link: Good News Contest
COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CIT) PROGRAM
Boy Scouts that are at least age 14 and the rank of First Class are encouraged to apply for the CIT program at Camp Phillips for the summer of 2013. Scouts assist in a program area for two weeks of the summer. This is a great way to build additional leadership skills and to gain some experience before applying for a Camp Staff position in the future. Find all the information here: CIT Form
CHIPPEWA VALLEY EAGLE SCOUT ASSOCIATION
The newly formed Chippewa Valley Eagle Scout Association will be holding a gathering on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6 p.m at Horizon's Banquet Center, 10764 County Highway Q, Tilden. Horizon's is located just off Highway 53 at exit 102. All Eagle Scouts over age 18 are welcome to attend. Please join us for refreshments and a chance to re-connect with other Eagle Scouts who live in this area. For information on joining the Chippewa Valley Eagle Scout Association, please click here: Eagle Scout Endowment Brochure
WOOD BADGE BANQUET
The annual Wood Badge Banquet will be held on Saturday March 23rd at the Camp Phillips Dining Hall. We’ll gather at 5pm with our meal at 5:30pm. The registration flyer can be found here: WB Banquet
SHOOTING SPORTS EXPLORATION DAY
Join us for the Camp Phillips Shooting Sports Exploration Day. Registration is open to youth 14 and older who have earned the Rifle Merit Badge. Youth will get to shoot shotguns, pistols, and rifles. This should be a fun-filled day of shooting. It will be held April 6th, from 9am to 4pm. Bring your own lunch. This is a great chance for youth to get out and shoot guns they have never shot before. Please go to the following flyer for more information: Shooting Sports Exploration
TALL OAKS DISTRICT FUNDRACER
The Tall Oaks District Fundracer will be held April 20, 2013 at the Fish & Game Building in Wakanda Park, Menomonie at 6pm. Come join us at the Pinewood Derby “Fundracer” event to support area Boy Scouting. This will be a fun adult only (must be over 21 to attend) event open to the entire Council. There will be great food, a silent auction, cash bar and great prizes. The highlight of the event is the Adult Pinewood Derby Race featuring a car you build (rent on site or borrow from you son!). All funds made at this event will go toward supporting the Boy Scout Youth and Programs in our area. Pre-register your team for $50 and receive – 2 buffet tickets, Track Side Seating, Pinewood Derby Car Kit, and a chance to win great prizes!
Registration & Rules
ARE YOU TOUGHER THAN A BOY SCOUT?
Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout? made its debut on March 4th on the National Geographic Channel. There will be 6 episodes in this series. Come watch the Series Finale on April 8th at Micon Cinemas in Eau Claire. View the flyer here: Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?
UNIQUE FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT SPECIAL PROGRAMS OF THE CVC
The Chippewa Valley Homebuilders Association and MyNextHome are sponsoring a unique fundraiser to benefit special programs of the Chippewa Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America. They are producing a “Backyard DreamHouse” to be used as a children’s backyard playhouse. MyNextHome describes this as the “ultimate play house”. The Chippewa Valley Homebuilders Association will have raffle tickets that will be sold throughout the Spring season with the Backyard DreamHouse eventually being a stop on the 2013 Parade of Homes.
MyNextHome invites Cub Scout Dens & Packs and Boy Scout Troops to learn about the building trades through a tour of the MyNextHome workshops. To set up a tour or for more information contact Glen Mills at MyNextHome at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-894-7477. Check out pictures and all the details of the Backyard Dreamhouse at: https://www.facebook.com/BackyardDreamhouse
BOY SCOUT LEADER TRAINING
Boy Scout Leader Specific: This introductory training provides information on the nuts and bolts of operating a successful Boy Scout Troop – perfect for Scoutmasters, Assistants, Committee Members, and active parents. Over the course of six hours, learn about the methods of Boy Scouting, essentials of youth leadership, policies and procedures for Troop operations and more.
Training is offered at Merit Badge Clinics over the course of the year throughout the Council. Cost is $6. Participants should purchase the Scoutmaster handbook at the Scout Shop, at the training, borrow from the Troop, or download online.
Trainings Are Scheduled For:
March 2nd – Blue Hills District Merit Badge Clinic
March 19 & 26 – Clear Water District (3 hours each evening)
June 29 – Glaciers End District Merit Badge Clinic
BOOT CAMP CHALLENGE
Join Scouts from around Wisconsin at Fort McCoy May 17th - 19th for a unique, hands-on military experience during the 2013 Armed Forces Weekend. Scouts and leaders will participate in a three-day “boot camp” that includes training in exciting military skills such as camouflaging, infantry movements, drill and ceremony, weapons familiarization and much more. It’s like you just joined the Army: sleep in the barracks, wake for reveille, morning PT, eat in the dining hall and try an MRE (Meal Ready to Eat). For more information, please go to the following link: Boot Camp Flyer
SUMMER CAMP VOLUNTEER COMMISSIONER PROGRAM
Adults are needed to join our weekly staff at Camp Phillips. We’ll work with you to get you involved in projects that align with your interests and skills and benefit Camp Phillips. Last summer some of our volunteer commissioners assisted with campsite inspections, weekly fishing trip on Bear Lake, projects with Ranger Mike, and other tasks. The Commissioners’ role is to ensure that Scouters have a great week at Camp Phillips. Commissioners may be involved in providing training to adults, assisting with maintenance projects or sharing special skills in a program area, as well as enjoying all the fun of summer camp. Volunteer Commissioners will receive a staff polo shirt and stay at the house at Winter Camp. To get involved with this opportunity, complete the following application and return it to the Scout Service Center: Commissioner Program
We ask volunteer commissioners to attend Camp at a different time than their Troop, OR to ensure that their Troop has the necessary adult leadership in place for the week without them.
C.O.P.E. OUTDOOR PROGRAM
The C.O.P.E (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) outdoor program is beginning to slow to a trickle after a record setting year. We served over 1200 youth from all over the Council with a variety of groups ranging from The Chippewa Valley Alternative School, Eau Claire Hmong Association and Western Dairyland Community Action Agency to FFA’s, Student Senates and Athletic Teams.
With the popularity of our program we find ourselves in need of more facilitators. Our program runs year round with our busiest times during September and May on weekdays. If you are interested in joining our team, please read on.
The C.O.P.E program takes place at Camp Phillips and is designed for groups of youth to participate in outdoor mental and physical aspects in both personal and individual settings. The activities are designed to build characteristics such as leadership, self-esteem, decision making, communication, trust and teamwork. Your role as a facilitator is to lead these activities while ensuring the safety of the participants. The C.O.P.E program includes the Low C.O.P.E field, 500 foot zip line and the High Ropes course which is approximately 30 feet off the ground.
If this sparks your interest we would like the opportunity to speak with you further. You must be at least 18 years old, physically fit, very safety conscious, not afraid of heights (a plus but we may be willing to work with you) and available from 8-5 during the week. We generally give a 2 week or more notice of when we would require your service. Please contact Sarah Peterson at (715) 416-0006 to discuss your interest and we can set up a time to meet and go through the selection process.
NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Registration is currently open for the 2013 National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) course to be held at Phillips Scout Reservation Winter Camp from June 9 – 15, 2013. Boy Scouts that will be at least age 13 and hold the rank of First Class are invited to participate. Male and Female Venture participants may also participate. NYLT focuses on the concept of what a leader must BE . . . what a leader must KNOW. . . most importantly, what a leader must DO! NYLT goes beyond simply teaching about leadership and becomes a hands-on leadership program by allowing Scouts to both live and experience it. To find more information, including a video and registration form, go to our NYLT page.
WOOD BADGE COURSE
Registration is now open for Wood Badge, the premiere training experience offered to Scouting volunteers. Register early and make plans to join us for two great weekends, April 5-7 and April 26-28, 2013.
All of the details can be found in the flyer: Wood Badge 2013
2014 COUNCIL PHILMONT CONTINGENT JULY 12-27, 2014
During the summer of 2014 Scouts from the Chippewa Valley Council will embark on the adventure of a lifetime. This opportunity is like no other in Scouting. Scouts will be teamed with 30 youth and 6 adults from across the council. The Philmont Scout Ranch is a working ranch where thousands of Scouts set out on 12- day backpacking expeditions. In addition to backpacking across the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, participants may have a chance to participate in exciting and challenging activities like horseback riding, burro packing, blacksmithing, gold panning, archaeology, rock climbing, rappelling, .30-06 rifle shooting, and mine exploration. Philmont offers a variety of interesting and rewarding learning experiences. Participants will be immersed in the fellowship and group participation that is a must to survive the 70 odd miles of trails covered during a typical expedition. Fill out the application and submit it by April 24th to hold your spot. Forms can be found at bsa-cvc.org/Philmont. Check out the video about the ranch - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GMJ9zAn0lA
CUB WORLD 2013
2012 was a banner year at Cub World! Hundreds of Cub Scouts and family members enjoyed “Jedi Training Camp!” We also opened Brownsea Island, our new Webelos camping area. Families also joined us for our inaugural Family Camp! There is plenty more fun to be had in 2013 as we kick off “Cub Scout Safari”.
Make plans with your Pack now to join us for one of these exciting sessions:
Session 1: June 16 – June 18
Session 2: June 20 – June 22
Session 3: June 23- June 25
Parent & Pal: June 29-June 30
Session 4: June 30 –July 2
Session 5: July 7 – July 9
Session 6: July 11 – July 13
Session 7: July 14 – July 16
Session 8: July 18 – July 20
Session 9: July 21-July 23
Session 10: July 25 – July 27
Family Camp: August 2 – August 4
Webelos Adventure Camp: August 4 – August 7
Sunday sessions begin at 9am and conclude at 10am Tuesday. Thursday sessions begin at 4pm and conclude at 4pm Saturday. Start discussing your Pack’s dates now with families and Pack leadership. Packs are encouraged to reserve their spot at Cub World for next summer using the following reservation form: Cub World 2013
Check out all the fun of Cub World with the video found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEREwNAqIKQ
2013 PHILMONT OPPORTUNITY
Troop 36, Eau Claire, would like to invite Scouts age 14 and up to participate in a Philmont Trek with them next summer. The trek takes place from June 12-24. Cost of the trip will be approximately $1,200. Information on all of the great programs at Philmont Scout Ranch can be found here: http://philmontscoutranch.org/. If interested in this once in a lifetime opportunity contact David Larson at 715-214-4200
Who: Males and Females at least 14 years old
When : July 14-20, 2013
Where: Phillips Scout Reservation
Why: To further your leadership skills in a high adventure setting.
Kodiak Challenge is advanced leadership training for young men and women in a high adventure setting, stressing servant leadership and the practical application of ILSC, NYLT and NAYLE skills. This is a hands-on skills course conducted under the open sky, not a classroom. You’ll be pushed out of your comfort zone, tested mentally and physically as your leadership skills grow. Kodiak Challenge is an adventure with a purpose. Kodiak Challenge isn’t for everyone. In order to attend you must be a registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer. You have to be at least 14 years old and have completed the eighth grade. If you are a Venturer you must have completed Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews. If you are a Boy Scout or Varsity Team member you must have completed National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is a plus, as is a prior Kodiak Challenge course. (Because each Kodiak Challenge is unique, you can attend more than one course and learn something new each time.) For more information, go to the following link: http://www.bsa-cvc.org/Kodiak
CVC SCOUT SHOP
Come and see what our CVC Scout Shop has to offer: Pinewood Derby Time
Chippewa Valley Council Scout Shop
710 S. Hastings Way
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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